This is a most unfortunate situation and reeks of backroom politics. This beautiful property would make a wonderful park and open space for that side of town. I think there is more to this story. The citizens should have been much more involved in the town's decision not to purchase. Hopefully with a new mayor and council members these "closed" door deals will become a thing of the past.
I have lived in Chapel Hill for 24 years. I feel very fortunate and appreciative to live in such a wonderful community. Many decades of hard work and commitment have gone into making this community the special place that it is. The current council inherited the governance of our town and the faith the people put in them to continue to love and protect what was created before them. What they have done is relegate their work to outside interests and they have refused to pay attention to what is really happening. The outside interests will feel no regret when a community we love is destroyed because they will just move on and leave us with increased flooding, massive traffic jams, unattractive buildings and a natural environment that has been compromised. Our taxes will certainly go up to pay for added government services.
I sometimes watch council meetings on TV. Two years ago I began to notice that the council was unresponsive to citizens. I witnessed many educated and bright citizens come before the council, some pleading and some offering intelligent solutions. The council would have none of it. In fact I heard some council members talk down to citizens.
Prior to last year, I did not know any of the members of CHALT and was not involved in politics. I am impressed with their platform, experience, honesty and commitment. These are folks who have a deep sense of place, contribute to their community and want nothing more than for Chapel Hill to retain, for all future generations, the qualities that enhance a community and make this town a good place to live. I believe CHALTS’s endorsed candidates will do a great job and that Chapel Hill will thrive under their guidance. I will be voting for Pam Hemminger, David Schwartz, Nancy Oates and Jessica Anderson on October 22. I can’t wait!
As a former educator and a resident of Chapel Hill, I find Ms. Jackson's behavior disturbing. The people who lead our schools and influence our children should uphold the highest of ethical standards. The fact that she is splitting hairs on the definition of plagiarism is unfortunate and a form of denial. She should have the decency to resign as soon as possible so our schools can move forward in a good way.
As a resident of Chapel HIll and one who pays a hefty school tax and also as a former educator, I find Ms. Jackson's behavior disturbing. The people who lead our schools and influence our children should uphold the highest of ethical standards. The fact that she is splitting hairs on the definition of plagiarism is unfortunate and a form of denial. She should have the courage to resign.
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